Who Killed Janet Smith?

Who Killed Janet Smith?

[the 1924 Vancouver Killing That Remains Canada's Most Intriguing Unsolved Murder]

Book - 2011
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'Who Killed Janet Smith?' examines one of the most infamous and still unsolved murder cases in Canadian History: the 1924 murder of twenty-two-year-old Scottish nursemaid Janet Smith. Originally published in 1984, and out of print for over a decade, this tale of intrigue, racism, privilege, and corruption in high places as a true-crime recreation that reads like a complex thriller.We are pleased to be reissuing this title as part of the City of Vancouver's Legacy Book Project."... drug traffic, Roaring Twenties hedonism, official corruption, cutthroat competition among newspapers, a public taste for occultism, etc.- and entrust the whole works to a good storyteller, and you have one terrific political history of Vancouver." - Geist Magazine"Starkins cuts away at the layers with the delicacy of a neurosurgeon. What he uncovers almost defies belief." - Quill & Quire
Publisher: Vancouver : Anvil Press, 2011
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9781897535851
Branch Call Number: 364.152 S65s1
Characteristics: 404 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Francis, Daniel


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A history of one of Vancouver's most famous unsolved cases, the murder of a Scottish nursemaid in a Shaughnessy mansion in 1924. Who killed Janet Smith reviews the murder, and the 1920s local culture that influenced the investigation – political corruption, racism, hedonism, and public thirst for... Read More »

A history of one of Vancouver's most famous unsolved cases, the murder of a Scottish nursemaid in a Shaughnessy mansion in 1924.

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Jan 17, 2018

After reading "The White Angel", author John Gray (2017) I was intriged to read "Who Killed Janet Smith". In "The White Angel", the reasons suggested for why those involved behaved as they did are noir, as other readers have observed. I felt for the houseboy. "Who Killed Janet Smith" is extremely detailed and compelling. Both are excellent reads. An interesting, sometimes forgotten history of Vancouver politics, race and influence.

ColinSick Feb 04, 2012

True life Canadian crime drama from the Golden Age of Fitzgerald. A sordid affair featuring corrupt politicians, corrupt police, international intrigue, uppercrust society, good old Canadian racism and an innocent abroad. Moves along at a good pace until the last quarter where it meanders a bit. Starkins remains fairly objective until the last few pages. Nice yarn.

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